A while ago, we posted a back and forth that we had with Dr. Lloyd Miller about the past, future and ethics of rhythm. Well, now we have something better – his collaborative album with The Heliocentrics is set for release on Strut on August 2nd (well, the actual vinyl will come out on August 31st).
It’s a monster of an album, inspired by Millers’ frequent tours and ceaseless study of Middle Eastern music and culture, full of the rock solid rhythms that the Heliocentrics are known for and blessed by Miller’s genius on an array of instruments that would cause even the most talented of jazzers to pause. Download an example now – one that’s much funkier than anything we would have expected Miller to allow, but one that speaks volumes to his – and The Heliocentrics – talents.
Download: Lloyd Miller and The Heliocentrics – “Fantasia Part. 1.”
We’re working on a compilation with Christophe Lemaire, and Mssr. Lemaire is quite the fan of the music of Dr. Lloyd Miller – the man behind the stunning “Gol E Gandom” on our Spiritual Jazz anthology. He wanted to include a track of Miller’s on our comp, but, you know, we always ask permission. Miller denied the use, but his explanation was so thorough – and damning! – that we almost felt like we should burn all of our psych albums and listen to nothing but Miles’ Kind Of Blue.
Link: For Those About To Rock, We Condemn You at Stones Throw.
Buy it here.
01. Introduction – James Tatum Trio Plus (Edit)
02. Gol-E Gandom – Lloyd Miller
03. Paul’s Ark – Morris Wilson Beau Bailey Quintet
04. Bada Que Bash – P.E. Hewitt Jazz Ensemble
05. Ayo Ayo Nene – Mor Thiam
06. All Praises To Allah – The Lightmen Plus One (Edit)
07. Nomusa – Ndikho Xaba & The Natives
08. Neveen – Salah Ragab & The Cairo Jazz Band
09. The Afrikan In Winter – The Positive Force With Ade Olatunji
10. No Jive – The Frank Derrick Total Experience
11. Ja Mill – Hastings Street Jazz Experience
12. The Will Come, Is Now – Ronnie Boykins
13. Be There – Leon Gardner
14. Psych City – Ohio Penitentiary 511 Jazz Ensemble (Edit)
NA 5042, CD (North America Only) 2009
Produced for reissue by Gerald Short, North American version produced by Eothen Alapatt.
Researched and compiled by Malcolm Catto, Hugo Mendez, Gerald Short and Eothen Alapatt
Comments Off on Various – Spiritual Jazz: ‘Esoteric, modal and deep jazz from the undergound, 1968-77′
Existing completely under the critical radar and largely ignored or unknown by music fans and critics alike, most of the musicians featured in this album won’t be familiar to even the most seasoned aficionado. Their records, frequently turned down by distributors and record stores, saw little attention when first released – and have seen even less since.
But in this era of musical apathy, where so many music junkies look to the past for their musical fix, we have re-discovered hidden, obscure and esoteric jazz musicians who looked to the four corners of the earth – and beyond – for inspiration.
With this anthology we evaluate “Spiritual Jazz” – Jazz created in the era after John Coltrane, a time which saw the evolution of an underground jazz that spoke about the reform of the soul, the reform of the spirit, and the reform of society: a music which was local and international at once, which was a personal journey and a political statement, and which was religious and secular in one non-contradictory breath.
The music on this album reflects the social and historical forces at work during the closedown of the ’60s dream; music made by close-knit collectives and individual visionaries, by prisoners and eccentrics, by mystics and political radicals. It includes music by acknowledged masters, and moments of brilliance by unsung figures known to us from just one or two recordings. There are songs from prison bands, Egyptian big bands, high school jazz ensembles, African musicians gigging with free jazz legends, and African American jazz heroes.
Spiritual Jazz: ‘Esoteric, modal and deep jazz from the undergound, 1968-77′ is the jazz music of America in the age of civil rights, brutal repression, political assassination and war; a music that would guarantee the survival of the spiritual dimension in a society that was angry and traumatized, but nevertheless had seen hope of better days to come.